City Council raises water, sewer rates
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Nov 11, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cadiz City Council voted 4–1 to increase the city’s water and sewer rates when they met last Tuesday evening at Cadiz City Hall.

The minimum monthly rates inside and outside of the city for the first 2,000 gallons for a 3/4-inch or less meter were increased from $12 and $15, respectively, to $13.20 and $17.48, respectively.

Cadiz City Councilor Susan Bryant was absent, and fellow councilor Regina Jasper provided the sole no vote, stating simply that she didn’t feel like raising rates on Trigg Countians while unemployment is so high.

“We’re already overtaxed, and we have the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state,” Jasper said.

After little discussion, the city council unanimously approved a resolution that states that Cadiz should be reclassified as a fourth class city. It is currently classified as a fifth class city, and Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said that although the city had a population of 2,378 as of the 2000 Census, the population is likely higher now.

As examples, in a letter he wrote to State Senator Ken Winters and State Representative John Tilley, the city currently has 2,700 residents that are water billing customers, and there have been three new subdivisions that have been annexed since 2000.

Bailey said he believed that the 2000 Census underrepresented the population of Cadiz by 10 percent, and that as of 2000 there was probably a real population of between 2,500 and 2,600. He added that the current population is likely between 2,800 and 3,100.

A statement written by Bailey stated that “the Fifth Class City framework does not adequately address the City of Cadiz’s needs for economic development and revenue rising to accommodate the population needs of the City.”

Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson said that in order for Cadiz to be reclassified, certain factors must be met, and won’t happen overnight.

“The Kentucky Constitution provides that the Kentucky State Assembly can classify cities as it deems necessary based on a variety of factors,” Wilson said. “Population, tax base, form of government, geography or any other reasonable basis” can be considered, he added.

By a vote of 4–1, the city council voted, at the request of Jasper, to buy the Main Street log cabin, which was previously used by the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission, for $1, with Cadiz City Councilor Bob Noel voting no.

Noel said he was worried that the city would have to spend additional money on the building, which everyone at the meeting admitted isn’t in the best shape.

Local resident Harry Todd said he believes that building was meant to be used by a non-profit entity. Bailey said he believes the city government can be counted as a non-profit entity.

Cadiz City Councilor Todd King, who eventually voted for it, said he wouldn’t be against it as long as the city doesn’t have to pay for it.

In other business, the council unanimously voted for an optional relocation assistance policy for voluntary housing projects. Consultant Diane Light of Cadiz said there were 12 or 13 homes in the city that need to be replaced.

The resolution voted on states that the city can set a moving expense of $1,200 for the cost of moving, storage costs and temporary living quarters for those affected by the Cadiz Housing Rehabilitation Project.

At the last city council meeting, council members approved a resolution allowing Light to apply for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
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